Today I had to make a difficult decision: was I going to honor the life of a former colleague at a memorial service, or celebrate the life of my husband by participating in his birthday plans?  Missing either event did not feel good – yet I couldn’t be in two places simultaneously.  A choice had to be made.  After some deliberation, I decided to spend the day with my husband.

My sweetie and I started the day by meeting another couple at a nearby theater to watch a movie.  As one of many previews played on the screen, a character from another film shared this statement: “They say a person dies two deaths: one is the last time they draw a breath, and the other is the last time someone says their name.”  Given my current state of mind, this sentiment touched me deeply.  My departed colleague drew her last breath on January 6th; yet as long as I have breath in my body, her name will live on.  Indeed, she impacted so many other people in her brief time on earth that her name, her life, will not be forgotten for a very long time.

I chose to spend the day with my husband – and I am confident that this was the correct choice for me, for us.  Yet I hold my colleague, as well as all of her family, friends, acquaintances, and associates, in my mind and my heart.  Manya Twite Johnson, I wish you peace.


[Manya left behind many people in her life, but one of the most notable is her 17-month-old boy, Oliver.  A group of amazing people quickly established a memorial fund to help support this baby as he now must grow up without either of his parents.  If you are willing to make a donation and help care for this child, or to simply share the link and help spread the word, every kind act is appreciated.  Thank you.]

About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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10 Responses to Life

  1. Good decision Stef. Always choose life over death.
    Thinking of you.


    • Stef says:

      Thank you Jonathan. Ultimately, I felt that it was important to spend my energy loving and supporting the people who are still here – and today that meant my husband, and Manya’s son Oliver. I appreciate your support and kind thoughts.


  2. A Well Wisher says:

    Super, although if I were you, I would’ve attended the memorial service.
    And there you are, having a brilliant time with your husband watching a movie. Super. Incredible.

    But of course, it’s your life. You do have the right to decide what to do.

    Just voiced my opinion. All is well as long as you believe you did the right thing.


  3. narami says:

    Shared in twitter. May her family have strenght and unity through this difficult time and may her son be blessed always.


  4. Robbin Walker says:

    Stef – once again your gift of writing touches me so. Please know that you did exactly what Manya would have wanted you to do – spend quality time with someone you love deeply. It was a beautiful memorial service. I think lots of us will be saying her name for quite some time. Peace to you as well my friend!


    • Stef says:

      Robbin, thank you so much for reading, for commenting, and for sharing your support. I’m very glad to hear that the service was beautiful, and that many were present to share in the celebration of her life and to continue carrying her memory forward. Peace to you, too.


  5. Touch2Touch says:

    You have made this a lovely tribute to Manya, Stef.


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